NYC’s Hidden Wonders

Make your next trip – or life – in New York City truly memorable by exploring some of these unique destinations.

New York City is arguably the world’s most popular tourist destination – and for a good reason. Boasting a plethora of everything to satisfy any and all interests, this city’s richness has a universal appeal. It’s also home to some of the world’s most famous streets and attractions. But NYC actually has many points of interest beyond Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. Here are six less-known NYC attractions that are nevertheless worth a visit.

Grand Central Terminal

Statue in entrance to Grand Central terminal
Jay Suites' Grand Central office center is located steps from NYC's Grand Central terminal

Having worked near Penn Station for most of my career, I only became aware of the station after I took an office at the nearby Jay Suites. The world’s largest station (by number of platforms), this terminal’s architecture is a must-see for all. From the magnificently-decorated vaulted ceilings to all-marble walls and flooring, this luxurious station has retained its elegance through over 150 years of history. In addition to admiring the beautiful building design, pick up a souvenir at the shopping arena or enjoy a snack at the dining concourse.

Federal Hall National Memorial

Again, I became much more aware of the Financial District’s wonders after working from Jay Suites’ shared office space center in the neighborhood. This memorial sits on the site of the former Federal Hall, which was the first capitol building in the U.S. Many important events in U.S. history occurred at Federal Hall, including George Washington’s inauguration to presidency and the introduction of the Bill of Rights. While the original building has been demolished more than two centuries ago, the current building with its statue of George Washington in front is one of a numbered few manifestations of ancient architecture in NYC today.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

While you’re at the memorial, walk down the street and check out this place, too. This bank is one of a network of only twelve banks that comprise the Federal Reserve System – the central banking system in the U.S. – and is its largest, most active and most influential member as measured by assets and volume. In addition, this bank holds a share of the world’s gold reserves; you can view this rarity during daily tours of its underground vaults.

New York Botanical Garden

One of the most prominent gardens in the U.S., this 250-acre oasis is a national historic landmark. Mainstay exhibitions include an original forest that has never been logged, a greenhouse conservatory, ancient plants preserved for over three centuries, and New York City’s only freshwater river.

Brooklyn Bridge

View of the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Bridge connects the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs

One of the oldest in the U.S., it was the longest suspension bridge in the world when completed in 1883. Constantly featured in the press and popular culture, the view from this bridge – which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn – is an absolute must-see. I recommend strolling along the adjacent Brooklyn promenade, then taking a walk into Manhattan. Don’t forget your camera!

Morgan Library & Museum

The former library of J. P. Morgan (founder of the namesake bank – the largest U.S. bank and the second largest in the world by assets), this building held the businessman’s collection of manuscripts, books, prints and drawings and served as his private study area. While the façade has been renovated, much of the inside remained intact, giving visitors an authentic “back-in-time” experience.

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